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    Guitarist Jennifer Batten, perhaps best known for performing on Michael Jackson's "Bad," "Dangerous" and "History" tours, toured the Rock Hall on Wednesday, November 18, 2009.

    Here, she poses in front of the Michael Jackson collection in the Legends of Rock exhibit.

    In 2008, Batten performed on stage at the Rock Hall's... 13th Annual AMM tribute to Les Paul: http://www.rockhall.com/lespaulamm

    Rock On Ms.Batten..!


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    Post Rock Hall of Fame: Janet Jackson, N.W.A, NIN, the Smiths Lead Nominees

    By Andy Greene

    The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 are in, and the list includes Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, the Cars, Janet Jackson, N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths and Yes. The rest of this year's hopefuls are Chaka Khan, Chic, The J.B.'s, Los Lobos, Steve Miller and the Spinners. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted next April at a ceremony in New York. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year.

    For the fourth consecutive year, the public will have the opportunity to vote alongside the more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 9th, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they'd like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2016.

    In order to be eligible for this year's ballot, artists or bands need to have released their first single or album in 1990 or earlier. Some of the nominees have appeared on previous ballots, but this is the first appearance for Chicago, Cheap Trick, the Cars, Chaka Khan, The J.B.'s, Janet Jackson, Los Lobos and Steve Miller. Chic, however, have now been nominated a record 10 times. This also marks the fourth time that N.W.A has been on the ballot and the third time for Deep Purple and the Spinners.

    Last year's Hall of Fame class included Green Day, Lou Reed, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Ringo Starr.

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    Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple + Steve Miller Elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    By Nick DeRiso December 17, 2015 2:30 AM

    A classic-rock heavy 2016 induction class finds Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple and Steve Miller joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Chicago, who had been eligible since 1994, earlier claimed victory in fan voting.

    Rap group N.W.A. round out the list of honorees at the 31st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, set for April 8, 2016 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The event will be subsequently broadcast by HBO at an undetermined date.

    Deep Purple, whose absence has long been pegged as one of the hall’s most egregious errors, first became eligible for induction – like Miller – in 1993. Cheap Trick has been eligible since 2002. More than 800 voters decide who emerges from the ballot, along with the aggregate results from an online fan poll.

    Alas, a ceremony often plagued by controversy could suffer the same fate this year. Deep Purple and Steve Miller were in the Top 5 in the fan vote, but actually finished behind also-rans Yes and and the Cars. Further down in the poll, Cheap Trick was lodged at No. 7, while N.W.A. was at No. 12.

    Then there is the possibility of lingering issues among bandmates for these newly-nominated groups.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has welcomed all members of the sometimes-contentious Deep Purple’s heralded Mk. II lineup, including Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, the late Jon Lord and Ian Paice. Also inducted: Rod Evans, original vocalist in a Mk. I edition which likewise included Blackmore, Lord and Paice; and subsequent Mk. III-IV members David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. On the outside looking in, however, were those who later worked with the Blackmore-less editions of Deep Purple – notably guitarists Tommy Bolin and Steve Morse.

    Chicago’s inductees only include their original lineup, leaving out former member Bill Champlin – who sang on ’80s-era hits like “Hard Habit to Break” (a No. 3 hit with original singer Peter Cetera, gone since 1985), “I Won’t Wanna Live Without Your Love” and “Look Away,” the latter of which was Chicago’s most recent chart-topper. The band also split with co-founding honoree Danny Seraphine in 1990.

    All four original members of Cheap Trick are being inducted, including drummer Bun E. Carlos, whose in-limbo status with the group prompted a just-settled court battle. Miller, though he released his best-known hits under the umbrella of the Steve Miller Band, is being inducted alone.

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    By Mike Ayers - - Wall Street Journal

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for its 2017 class today, with grunge-rock kings Pearl Jam and rapper Tupac Shakur on the ballot in their first year of eligibility. To be eligible for nomination this year, an artist or band’s first single or album must have been released in 1991 or prior.

    Other first-time nominees this year include Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey and Steppenwolf.

    Rounding out the list of nominees are J. Geils Band, Chic, Janet Jackson, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5, the Cars, the Zombies and Yes. This is the second nomination for Jackson, Khan, MC5, the Cars, and the Zombies. For Kraftwerk and J. Geils Band, it’s their fourth. It’s Joe Tex’s fifth nomination and Yes’s third. For Chic, it’s their 11th.

    Eight hundred artists, historians and music industry professionals will vote on the nominees, with the final inductees to be announced in December. As in years past, fans will have a chance to vote, too, beginning today and running through Dec. 5.
    The induction ceremony will take place at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in April 2017.

    Last year’s inducted class was comprised of Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A. and Steve Miller.

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    Default Re: WHO IS Visiting & WHAT IS Going On at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

    Last night I got my usual overnight google alert on Michael which lists 10 or so stories every day where his name is in headline or featured prominently in the story.
    One freaked me out a bit. Talking about HOF and that 4 new influential investors had Michael removed in 2015 bc of the allegations.
    The Daily Mail wrote the story but they actually named a source-somebody named Spicier.
    Anybody know if this is possibly true?

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    ^^Never heard of that. But both Mike & The Jackson 5 are still on the Hall Of Fame's website. You can see them here & here. If that story was true I doubt they would still be listed on the site. Here is the main page of the site.

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    I did ck the pages first but I was wondering why the hxxx they would be writing something like this seriously. Quite odd and bizarre to me.
    Odder things have actually happened.
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    Default Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Class

    By Andy Greene | December 20, 2016 | Rolling Stone

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra and Joan Baez will all join the class of 2017. Chic's Nile Rodgers will be given the Award For Musical Excellence

    The induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 7th, 2017. An edited version will later air on HBO and there will be a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Ticket details will be announced in January.

    Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. 2017 is the first year Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur were eligible. They are also the first artists to join the institution who started their careers in the Nineties.

    Pearl Jam weren't available for comment at press time, but in May guitarist Mike McCready spoke to Rolling Stone about the possibility of getting inducted. "It would be a great honor," he said. "I would be happy about it. But you never know. I don't know their process and how they pick. It could be a couple of years from now. I mean, Cheap Trick took forever to get in. So did Deep Purple. But we're aware of it."

    Progressive rock giants Yes are entering on their third ballot, 26 years after first becoming eligible. "It's a bit like waiting for a train," says guitarist Steve Howe. "Maybe it's on time and you just noticed waiting. I don't regret the wait. I just feel this must be the right time." (Click here for a full Q&A with Howe.)

    Journey didn't appear on a ballot until this year. "I kind of feel like we were already in with our fans and the amount of records we've sold all over the world," says guitarist Neal Schon. "I wasn't expecting anything at all. I've learned to be that way. If you don't expect something and it comes, then its good news. I'm honored. I think we're all honored." (Click here for a full Q&A with Schon.)

    The news came as a surprise to Joan Baez. "I never considered myself to be a rock and roll artist," she said in a statement. "But as part of the folk music boom which contributed to and influenced the rock revolution of the Sixties, I am proud that some of the songs I sang made their way into the rock lexicon. I very much appreciate this honor and acknowledgement by the Hall of Fame."

    Jeff Lynne, who toured with a reformed Electric Light Orchestra (as Jeff Lynne's E.L.O.) this year after a three-decade hiatus, was also thrilled to get the news. "I am deeply honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," he said in a written statement, "and would like to thank all the great fans who have supported us over the years."

    Nile Rodgers' Musical Excellence Award comes after Chic were nominated a 11 times. "It's sort of bittersweet," says Rodgers. "I'm quite flattered that they believed that I was worthy, but my band Chic didn't win. They plucked me out of the band and said, 'You're better than Chic.' That's wacky to me ... I am flattered and I think it's cool, but I feel like somebody put me in the lifeboat and told my family they can't get in." (Click here for a full Q&A with Rodgers.)

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is also known for providing an occasion for band members to reunite. This year's class has two potential reunions on the horizon with Journey and Yes. Journey haven't performed in public with singer Steve Perry since a Bill Graham tribute show in 1991. Schon hopes Perry will take the stage with the band on the big night. "I would be surprised if it didn't happen," he says. "But I'll deal with it whichever way … I'm going to try and reach out [to Perry], as I've done many times. And [our current singer] Arnel [Pineda] is so gracious. He says, 'Any time he wants to come on and do anything, I'll very gladly step aside and let him sing.'"

    Perry's manager said the singer would not be available for interviews, but he did release a very short statement on his behalf: "I'm truly grateful that Journey is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." Whether or not he's grateful enough to get onstage with Journey remains unclear.

    A Yes reunion is a safer bet. The current lineup of the band hasn't performed with original singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman since 2004, but guitarist Steve Howe isn't opposed to the idea of playing with them on Hall of Fame night. "It just depends on how it feels and what the communication is and what the spirit is," he says. "It's gotta be discussed and gotta be considered. Obviously it's a consideration."

    Many members have come and gone from Electric Light Orchestra over the years, but only singer Jeff Lynne, drummer Bev Bevan, keyboardist Richard Tandy and multi-instrumentalist Roy Wood are being inducted. Wood left the group shortly after the release of their 1971 debut LP. Tandy stayed with the band through their 1986 album Balance of Power, but got into a legal spat with Lynne over the band's name in the 1990s. Last year, Lynne told Rolling Stone he hasn't spoken to Bevan in 30 years. Tandy is the sole member of the classic lineup still in the touring lineup. At the moment, it's unclear whether Wood and Bevan will perform with Lynne at the ceremony.

    Most induction ceremonies end with a huge all-star jam. Steve Howe is open to the idea of having it be "Roundabout" this time. " It could be a little bit chaotic," he says. "It really deceives you into thinking it's in 4/4 because it's easy on the ear, but of course it isn't and there's a little trick in there that catches many musicians up."

    Trevor Rabin, the Yes guitarist who replaced Howe in the 1980s, has his own idea: "Playing 'Helter Skelter' with Neal Schon would be a lot of fun."

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    Sorry that Chic didn't make it this time, but glad Niles Rodgers did-he's a musical genius in his own right. Very, very refreshing to read about a group of inductees that actually sound grateful and happy that they made it into the RRHOF, instead of the usual griping and bad fights between band members and/or the Hall.

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    Default Ex-ELO Drummer Bev Bevan Won’t Attend Rock Hall Induction

    By Jeff Giles March 27, 2017 Ultimate Classic Rock

    Electric Light Orchestra fans hoping for a reunion between former bandmates Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan at the band’s upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction won’t be getting their wish.

    Bevan broke the news with a recent Facebook post, explaining he has prior commitments with U.K. television personality Jasper Carrott. “These dates have been sold out for some time, and when the news broke about our induction, it was too late to change them,” wrote Bevan. “It would have been fantastic to meet up with Roy, Jeff and Richard again.”

    Calling the induction “a great honor,” Bevan shared his enthusiasm for being part of a body that includes a number of his peers and musical heroes while singling out fellow ELO vets Mik Kaminski, Hugh McDowell, Melvyn Gale and Kelly Groucutt as being deserving of recognition at the induction. Unsurprisingly, the looming induction finds Bevan feeling reflective — and full of gratitude.

    “I have been incredibly fortunate to have had a life in the music business from my first band ‘Rocking Ronnie & The Renegades’ to Black Sabbath and all the bits in between,” he wrote. “It has been a blast and I still get a buzz every time I walk out onstage. However, I would like to add that without the support of the record-buying and concert-going public my great career could never have happened. So a huge thank you goes out to everyone who has ever purchased a record that I played on or been to any of the concerts.”

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    By Rolling Stone April 8, 2017

    2017 Inductees Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman of Yes and 2013 Inductees Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City.

    After emotional induction speeches by Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, the surviving members of Yes took the stage for the first time since the conclusion of the Union tour in early 1992. They've spent the last year touring in two competing camps and relations are more than a little strained, but at least for one night they were willing to put the bitterness behind them and celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Whether it marks the beginning of a new Union chapter or merely a one night detente remains to be seen, but the group, especially Rick Wakeman, delivered one of the Hall's most hysterical, profane speeches. Read the entire thing below.

    Jon Anderson: Truly, this is for the Yes fans everywhere! [Applause] It's kind of interesting, I went to the Hall of Fame about three years ago with my beautiful wife, Janey. There she is. And I walked around the Hall of Fame and all my heroes were there. Every one of them. From ... Little Richard ... I can't believe you guys. You're so beautiful. Look at you! You're all so beautiful! Wow! Bill Haley! Bill Haley and the Comets. Stevie Wonder. Look at those great people ... we're going to join. I can't believe it. It's truly amazing. I was very lucky, you know. It's actually 49 years ago tonight that I met Chris Squire at a bar. And so in April 1968. It was a magic moment when I met Chris. I remember going to him and saying, "Hi, Chris. How are yah? He was so tall! I can't believe it!"

    Anyway, we got the band going. We had a guitar player called Peter Banks. We had a drummer called Bill Bruford. He's there! Mr. Bill Bruford. He's behind me. [Laughter] But Chris is in heaven now. And Peter Banks is in heaven and in spirit. They're here with us tonight. That's for sure.

    I don't know what to say anymore. I just love being here. You guys are beautiful! Wow! Beautiful! Let's hear a big shout for my son, ****** and Deborah and Jade! The Kid and Bowie and my grandchildren. I can't believe I've got grandchildren. It's amazing. [Laughter.] Life is passing me by so fast. I can't believe it. I'm so glad we're in Yes. Yes means rock to me. Here's Mr. Trevor Rabin!

    Trevor Rabin: Hi there. Bruford said to me, "Make sure your fly's up when you go up." I got to thank you so much. This is an incredible honor. And it's great to be inducted with my friends out there and Neil and Jonathan and everyone. And along with everyone that's being inducted, I want to thank you all and my beautiful wife, Shelley, and my extremely talented son, Ryan. Brian Lane, Larry Magid. Thank you so much for everything, and I'll pass it on to Rick Wakeman. Sorry, Alan White.

    Alan White: Hi, everyone. Thank you. It's great to see you all here. This has been a long journey. I'd like to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for this induction. Secondly, I'd like to really thank my wife and family for being here tonight with me. And also, all of our great fans from all over the world. And thirdly, I'd like to acknowledge Chris Squire. I've been working with them for 43 years, and he was one of my best friends ever. And we had a relationship like no one. And... thank you all for this award. Thank you.

    Steve Howe: Okay, I'm Steve Howe. I'm only going to take a minute now, but of course we'd love to thank all of our fans for believing all these years that we deserve and need to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [Applause] Fame is fickle many people, and some may long for bask in its glory. Others merely attempt to gain notoriety for their musical endeavors. Well since music speaks long after its creation, this service has a payment for those with the respect for those who are no longer with us today. Allowing those to remain, to shine a light on all those who contributed to those such great ideas and melodies and lyrics and arrangements and direction with this Yes music.

    Nothing can take away the response we've gotten from our fans who obviously have a different ear from the general music lovers, fortunately, for us. They're able to distinguish the textures and the harmonies and the discords and the dynamics of the dramatic and the humble or the soft and the love of the choir. And as Bill used to say when asked, "What is Yes music?" Bill would say simply, "Some of it's fast and some of it's slow."

    I'd just like to take a minute now just to thank my wonderful wife and our wonderful family who's been behind us through the highs and the lows. We love you all very, very much. We look forward to continuing, to unearth more great works of Yes. Thank you very much! [applause.]

    Rick Wakeman: Does this thing go up? [Points to mic] Story of my life. [Laughter] Ah, forget it. I'm very happy here for a couple of reasons, to be inducted. One is the fact, obviously to be a part of Yes and getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the other is something I really probably shouldn't tell you is that, less than half a mile away from this very building is where I had my very first meaningful sexual experience. [Applause] No. No. No. Please. It wasn't very good. [Laughter] Anyway, as Steve said a thank you to his wife, I will say a thank you to mine. Unfortunately, she's not here tonight. When I left her this morning, I think she was in a coma actually… the sex was still the same but the washing was piling up.

    I'd like to thank, apart from all the guys in Yes that I work with, my father, who played a massive part in my career. Like my family, we were all in the entertainment business. We generally were very, very poor. My father was an Elvis impersonator. But there wasn't much call for that in 1947. [Laughter] He taught me a lot. I remember he sat me down once, he said, "Son," he said, "Don't go to any of those really cheap, dirty, nasty, sleazy strip clubs because if you do, you'll see something you shouldn't." So, of course I went. And I saw my dad. [Laughter]

    I'd like to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame very much for inducting Yes. The only thing I would say, I'm glad that we're actually out third because as you get older, the old things like the prostate start acting up a bit. What I would like to say quite seriously is how important it is to have the odd examination, which I had indeed on Monday. You ladies, you don't know, it's really tough. You have to get in the old fetal position, you hear the old plastic glove go off or the rubber glove. And then it's like the gopher going on holiday inside. Whilst I was having my examination, the doctor said to me, he said, "Mr. Wakeman, there's no need to be embarrassed. It's not unusual to get an erection with this kind of procedure." I said, "I haven't got an erection." He said, "I know, but I have."


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    Default Joan Baez Pleads for Social Justice in Moving Rock Hall of Fame Speech

    By Rolling Stone April 8, 2017

    2017 Inductee Joan Baez speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017.

    After a nearly 60-year career, Joan Baez has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Queen of Folk was presented the honor by her friend and collaborator Jackson Browne during Friday night's ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

    The activist and singer-songwriter became an internationally known voice of the counter-culture during the early Sixties. Her original songs like "Diamonds & Rust" have become classics as well as her interpretations of material penned by peers like Browne, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.

    The legendary artist used her time to deliver a passionate speech pleading for social justice. Read her acceptance speech below.

    Joan: It gives me enormous pleasure to accept this prestigious, and very cool award tonight. Thanks to the Hall of Fame for this somewhat unlikely induction. A special thank you to my manager, Mark Spector, for having kept my career visible, viable, and vibrant.

    I'm aware that I'm speaking to many young people, who, without this induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would have no clue who I am. [Laughter] My granddaughter had no clue who I was until I took her backstage at a Taylor Swift concert, where she got a selfie, an autograph, a T-shirt and a newfound respect for her grandmother.

    Though one can not say I am a rock & roll artist, one cannot overlook the folk music of the Sixties and the immense effect it had on popular music, including rock & roll. Nor can anyone overlook the role I played in that phenomenon. I was lucky enough to have found my voice when coffee shops were the order of the day. My first job in music was on Tuesday nights at Club 47 in Harvard Square where I sang three sets and made fifteen dollars a night, all as I gleefully flunked out of college. I owe my beginnings to the friends and folk artists from whom I picked up the chords, the melodies, the finger picking and a budding repertoire.

    Again, at the right place and time, I knew and was friends with most of the rock & roll idols of the Sixties and Seventies. Some of those friendships I treasure to this day. Most of us in the community of both folk and rock music share with each other the similarities and the differences of how we got to where we are today. We also share the awareness of the blessed and the bizarre, which accompanies us in our everyday lives, lives which are seldom really private. Once a friend said to me when I was recognized and approached by a fan on the street, "Oh come on, admit it. You really like that." I told her there was nothing to admit. It was a fact. My public is a kind of family.

    I am beholden to those rock and rollers who are long gone, and those who live on who have enriched and brightened my life, from vinyl to digital and everything in between - and back to vinyl. [Laughter]

    My childhood and teen years were filled with classical, country and western, rhythm and blues, and the Hit Parade. When I was 16 my aunt took me to a Pete Seeger concert. And my mom brought home a Harry Belafonte album. Though Pete was not in any way gorgeous like Harry, he was already committed to making social change. He paid a high price for holding fast to his principles. I learned the meaning of “taking a risk” from Pete. The Cold War was getting a foothold and ushered in a shameful period in this country.

    My family was by then Quaker, and socially and politically active. Pete's influence on me took like a good vaccine, and I turned my attention to folk music and political activism.

    My voice is my greatest gift. I can speak freely about the uniqueness of it precisely because it is just that: a gift.

    The second greatest gift was the desire to use it the way I have since I was 16 and became a student of and practitioner of nonviolence, both in my personal life and as a way of fighting for social change. What has given my life deep meaning, and unending pleasure, has been to use my voice in the battle against injustice. It has brought me in touch with my own purpose. It has also brought me in touch with people of every background. With open, generous, fun loving, hardworking people, here in this country and around the world. It has brought me in touch with the wealthy, the ones who are stuck in selfishness, and the ones who give generously of their time and resources to benefit the less fortunate, and light the way for others to do the same.

    And I've met and tried to walk in the shoes of those who are hungry, thirsty, cold and cast out, people imprisoned for their beliefs, and others who have broken the law, paid the price, and now live in hopelessness and despair. Of exonerated prisoners who have spent decades in solitary confinement, awaiting execution. Of exhausted refugees, immigrants, the excluded and the bullied. Those who have fought for this country, sacrificed, and now live in the shadows of rejection. People of color, the old, the ill, the physically challenged, the LGBTQ community.

    And now, in the new political and cultural reality in which we find ourselves, there is much work to be done.

    Where empathy is failing and sharing has been usurped by greed and the lust for power, let us double, triple, and quadruple our own efforts to empathize and to give of our resources and our selves. Let us together repeal and replace brutality, and make compassion a priority. Together let us build a great bridge, a beautiful bridge to once again welcome the tired and the poor, and we will pay for that bridge with our commitment. We the people must speak truth to power, and be ready to make sacrifices. We the people are the only one who can create change. I am ready. I hope you are, too. I want my granddaughter to know that I fought against an evil tide, and had the masses by my side.

    When all of these things are accompanied by music, music of every genre, the fight for a better world, one brave step at a time, becomes not just bearable, but possible, and beautiful.

    Thank you again.


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    By Kory Grow - April 8, 2017 - Rolling Stone

    2017 inductee Nile Rodgers speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. The event will broadcast on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT

    Guitarist Nile Rodgers was honored at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony with the Award for Musical Excellence. Pharrell Williams presented him with the prestigious honor. "They just told me a couple of months ago that I've sold over 300 million albums and 75 million singles," Rodgers said during his speech. "I just wanted to have one hit record."

    He went on to state that his work as a producer has been fulfilling, and the award was recognition of the accomplishments that he never would have imagined possible when he began to make music. "This award, which is amazing to me, is really because of all the people that have allowed me to come into their lives and just join their band," he said. "Be it Mick Jagger, be it Madonna, be it Duran Duran, be it Daft Punk, be it Pharrell Williams, be it Diana Ross, be it Sister Sledge. I mean it just goes on and on and on. Thank you all."

    After accepting his award, he spoke to Rolling Stone about how profound the honor was to him.

    What does it mean to you to get the Award for Musical Excellence?
    I'm just blown away. I don't do music for awards or anything. I just do it because I love it. I've said many times this is a job I would do for free. I used to panhandle. You know, I ran away from home at 14 years old and I was on the streets. Basically on Eighth Street just begging for spare change. I went on my first audition for Sesame Street. I didn't know it was Sesame Street. They just said guitar player wanted for traveling band, and it was Sesame Street and I got that job and ever since then I've never looked back.

    What does it mean for you to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
    I still don't know. I mean – I was thinking maybe it was affirmation since after the whole disco reaction back then. To get an affirmation that you are rock & roll and this is rock & roll.

    What makes it sort of odd to me is that we were a rock & roll band before we were an R&B band. We're working musicians first of all. That's how we make a living. So, when we did our first rock & roll stuff, it's because our lead singer had just left Jesus Christ Superstar. It's funny that we're here with Journey; we were trying just to be a funkier version of Journey. Our lead singer had that vocal style like Corey Glover or Ronnie [James] Dio.

    So, we had our thing together and every record company kept our demos because they thought our songwriting and our playing was amazing. Then, when they saw that we were black, they were like, well you don't fit your music and we were like, what do you mean we don't fit your music? There was one Puerto Rican guy in our band who looked white and they kept thinking that it was his band. He was like, "Look I just joined the band, it's their band."

    Is that when you discovered Roxy Music?
    Yeah, I went to England with another band that I worked with and I got stranded there and I saw Roxy Music for the first time and I was like, I've never seen a rock & roll man get dressed up, because whatever we wore in the morning is the same thing we wore all day long. So these guys got all dressed up and I said, "Well, let's do the black version of that."

    Then, when we came home, we started to try to put together these sophisticated looking people who would play this black R&B music. We met Tony Thompson, who had just left the group Labelle. So we knew that they were into this fantasy fusion, like weird clothing stuff, and that was cool. Then, we met this guy named Rob Sabino and Rob Sabino's best friend was a guy named Ace Frehley. Ace Frehley was in Kiss. We went to see Kiss and went, "Holy shit, look at these guys!" Their fans were going crazy. They didn't have a record deal, but as soon as they took off their makeup, no one had a clue who they were.

    So, Ace and I would sit down and have drinks together and people were just walking by him and I'm like, "They were frenzied over you and now they don't even know you" and he was like, "Yeah, that's how we want it."

    We thought, well we don't look like stars. What can we do where we can have the anonymity of Kiss and the sophistication of Roxy music? So we invented Chic and Chic is a mashup of Roxy Music and Kiss. ... We were going, "This shit makes total sense. Let's do this." Our first song was a hit, and we never stopped.

    You've done R&B, disco, EDM, rock. Everything is rock & roll and it's a nice testament for them to recognize you for that.
    Not only is everything rock & roll but when I first met [Chic's] Bernard [Edwards], he hung up the phone on me because I told him that I wanted my band to be a cross between Fairport Convention, Country Joe and the Fish, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the Grateful Dead. And he slammed the phone on me and he said, "Man, lose my number."

    But look at what happened. Here you are.
    And what's great about it is that every single act that I've ever produced, I've produced way more rock acts than I've produced R&B acts. Way more. I play on every record I produce, whether the band has a guitar player or not. They could have two guitar players, I still play because my philosophy is that [when I produce] I join the band. If my guitar can't make your record better, I'm not your producer. Just get someone else. That's what I do. I communicate through music. I do my arrangements, sometimes I write on piano, but the guitar is my voice that I speak through, and I believe that if that voice is a voice that adds something, I want it to be on that person's record because I believe it will make it better.

    Chic still isn't in yet. Are you still holding out hope that they'll get in the Rock Hall?
    Of course. If you think about achievements and what people have done if you're in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, like, OK, so I'm in for musical excellence. Chic is ****ing musical excellence personified. It's funny, I was watching Neal Schon play and I kept thinking to myself, when I was a kid this was what I loved. All the virtuosos. Chic is a band of virtuosos. You can't play that shit. If I go out and ask half the dudes that I love and think are amazing to play – if you used to watch Jaco Pastorius sitting on the edge of the stage watching us play – you were just mesmerized with what we played.

    But we make it sound like it's all poppy and simple because that's what we're into. We're not into ego-tripping and watching me play these lengthy solos. Now and then, someone asks me to do that. I've played on records where because of music videos someone else is taking the solo and they're known for being lead guitar players, people think that's them playing the solo. With Cyndi Lauper you have Rick Derringer who's a monster. Like, that's me playing; Rick Derringer is just doing the video.

    I loved what you said about how you've worked with everybody in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    Look, everybody on that stage tonight, I was going, "Oh shit, Snoop Dogg is my friend." Tupac I've known since he was a kid. I was in the Black Panthers with his mom. We were in the same branch. When they put up the picture of the Harlem branch, Afeni and I were in the same branch. So it was like Tupac, Snoop, Treach from Naughty by Nature, and then they showed every rock band. Jackson Browne is one of my best friends. When I played at Live Aid and I saw Joan Baez and she said hello to me and Richie Havens said hello to me, I was crying. I was like, Joan Baez knows who I am. It was the greatest day of my life.


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    Default 2018 Nominees For Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

    by Gerrick D. Kennedy | October 5, 2017 | Los Angeles Times

    New Jersey-bred rockers Bon Jovi, singer-activist Nina Simone, new wave outfit Eurythmics and pioneering rapper LL Cool J are among this year’s nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Historically, the ballot has been capped at about a dozen acts, but last year that figure rose to 19, which repeats itself this year.

    Ten of these, including Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the Cars, J. Geils Band, MC5, the Meters, Link Wray, the Zombies, and Depeche Mode, have been nominated before, but there were notable first-timers, including Simone and Eurythmics.

    L.A. rap metal collective Rage Against the Machine and English rockers Radiohead both made the ballot during their first year of eligibility (25 years must pass since an act’s first recording), and singer Kate Bush, heavy metal band Judas Priest, roots band Dire Straits, gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe and art rockers the Moody Blues were also nominated for the first time.

    Most of them will be disappointed. While the number of nominees has almost doubled, the number of inductees remains in the single digits; only five to seven artists will be selected.

    “Voting in the past has been so close,” Hall officials said in a statement. “Similar to last year, the nominating committee wanted to be more inclusive and have more choices for fans and the voting body.”

    Winners are chosen by an international voting body of more than 900 that includes past inductees, historians and members of the music industry as well as the aggregate results of the Rock Hall’s online fan vote.

    Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other acts, the length and depth of career and the body of work, as well as innovation and superiority in style and technique are considered. Tupac Shakur, Yes, Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra and Journey were this year’s inductees.

    Not every musician is a fan of the process. Earlier this year Radiohead made headlines when its members seemed less than enthusiastic about its prospects of being inducted.

    "I don't want to be rude about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don't understand it,” member Ed O’Brien told Rolling Stone. “I think it might be a quintessential American thing. Brits are not very good at slapping ourselves on the back. It seems very showbiz and I'm not very showbiz … It's just really uncomfortable.”

    Inductees for Rock Hall’s class of 2018 will be announced in December, with the ceremony, which takes place in New York, following in April. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO as well as SiriusXM radio.

    Fan voting on Rock Hall’s official site begins Wednesday and will continue through Dec. 5.

    List of nominees:
    Bon Jovi
    Kate Bush
    The Cars
    Depeche Mode
    Dire Straits
    Eurythmics
    J. Geils Band
    Judas Priest
    LL Cool J
    MC5
    The Meters
    Moody Blues
    Radiohead
    Rage Against the Machine
    Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
    Nina Simone
    Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    Link Wray
    The Zombies

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